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Open the Gates: Westlink toll plaza to be abolished!

Posted on: January 30th, 2006

I’m delighted that the Government has decided to tackle the Westlink chaos, after a year of pressure from the Westlink Action Group. But plenty of problems remain. We need the barriers to be raised at peak times, and for buyout plans to be brought forward, so that motorists don’t wait another three years in Westlink traffic jams.

The Taoiseach himself has said that at times the M50 resembles a car park. Now that the Government has decided to act, the toll plaza needs to be removed as soon as possible. As founder of WAG, the Westlink Action Group, I will continue the campaign for motorists against the crazy delays on Dublin’s ring road.

There are lessons to be learnt from the Westlink fiasco. If the Government is determined to toll Irish motorists in order to deliver world class infrastructure, the tolling arrangements must be arranged to deliver value and accountability for the toll- and tax-paying public.